April 2019 Grapevine – Waterloo model

A better way for Waterloo

The Grapevine enthusiastically supports the Sydney City Council (SCC) alternative proposal for redevelopment of the Waterloo public housing estate. The Council model is a great improvement on the Cowper Street development.

The Government wants to triple the number of apartments on the site at a scale we have not seen before – from 2,012 to 6,800 in towers up to 40 storeys. On the adjoining metro site, they are proposing another 700 homes and towers of 25, 27 and 29 storeys.

The Council plan is for 50% public housing, 20% affordable and 30% private. This compares with the Government’s pitiful proposal of 35% social and affordable housing.

The SCC proposal ensures residents will have access to a community centre and a 2.2 hectare park, drenched in sunshine for most of the day, every day. The park would be surrounded by shops and cafes, the metro station and streets.

The Waterloo Housing Estate is on public land and Sydney Council is demanding that the land be used for public good and that the State retains public ownership of the land rather than selling it off to the highest bidder.

Council is also calling for planning authority of the site to be returned to the City, allowing consultation with residents to ensure any redevelopment responds to community needs.

More details at: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/vision/changing-urban-precincts/waterloo-precinct

 

April 2019 Grapevine – Is Glebe Pt Rd dying?

A Renewed Focus on Glebe Point Road

Is Glebe Point Road slowly dying? – Walk its length and you will see over 15% of all shops are closed. The impact of Broadway Shopping Centre, Tramsheds, and the yet to open relocated Fish Markets will only accelerate this demise without community focus and action.

Glebe has been recognised for its vibrant and diverse culture. Without a buzzing and healthy Glebe Point Road, we are at risk of losing the heart and vitality within our community.

There doesn’t seem to be enough currently being done to address this downward trend. The annual Glebe Street Fair has vanished. Excellent positive initiatives such as the recent Vegan Day Out in Glebe are few and far between.

Glebe has a wonderful diversity of residents with incredible skill sets. We are all busy juggling our lives, but if you have ideas and skills that could contribute to driving our community and Glebe Point Road forwards, perhaps it’s time to step up and do something about it.

If you have ideas, get in touch with us.  Lets come together to create something exciting.

April 2019 Grapevine – Fish Market

 

Fish Statue in Ulladulla NSW

More on the fish markets

Hands off Glebe Inc held an information evening on 13 February about the fish market development. Over 70 people attended and discussed the many community concerns. UrbanGrowth NSW then sent Hands off Glebe a letter responding to some of these issues (see pages 2 & 3). Unfortunately the letter does not answer many of our concerns about traffic congestion, Wentworth Park, noise, contamination of the bay and more.

Curious

The letter from UrbanGrowth NSW includes replies to “masterplan questions from Hands off Glebe”. But the “questions” are in fact community views that came out of a survey. The survey results were sent to UrbanGrowth on three occasions but they denied ever receiving them. Now UrbanGrowth has apparently got the survey results but has turned our views into “questions”. Very curious.

If you want a copy of the survey results, email us at glebegrapevine@gmail.com

UrbanGrowth NSW replies to community concerns about the fish markets

UrbanGrowth NSW wrote to Hands off Glebe with the following comments on the issues raised at our public meeting. Below we publish extracts from this letter.  If you would like a full copy of the letter, email us at glebegrapevine@gmail.com

Wentworth Park

There will be no development on Wentworth Park or impact on the existing Fig trees. Wentworth Park will remain as public open space managed by the City of Sydney.

Visual connections between the park and Blackwattle Bay will also be improved at the Bridge Road intersections of Wentworth Park Road and Wattle Street so you can see the water which is currently blocked by industrial structures.

Bridge Road and traffic

The traffic lanes on Bridge Road will be widened to current standards and will accommodate drop off zones. A new footpath, which will be approximately 12 metres wide on the same side as the fish market, will include shared cycle lanes and provide safer access for pedestrians.

The new market will have greater light rail access with three stations within 400 m, as well as a ferry service. We are working with government and a range of stakeholders on a precinct-wide parking and transport mobility strategy for the future, which includes improved bus services.

Contamination

There will be no dredging, instead a piling method with a cofferdam and silt curtains will be used. Piling is preferred over dredging in most Sydney Harbour projects to minimise interface risks associated with existing pollutants. It is successfully used for most wharf structures in Sydney Harbour.

Relocating the Fish Market

The NSW Government’s vision is to create an authentic, rejuvenated fish market on Sydney’s inner harbour that will be dynamic, sustainable, and sympathetic to the local area. This vision has been informed by the community’s aspirations and feedback from the extensive public consultation that UrbanGrowth NSW has undertaken since 2014.

Glebe Grapevine comments:

The Glebe Grapevine does not think that the UrbanGrowth responses adequately answer the many community concerns about the fish market development.

We recommend that readers go to Issue 1 of 2019 of the Glebe Society newsletter which has an excellent article on the fish market by Lesley Lynch.

Go to www.glebesociety.org.au/publications/bulletin to access the article.